FLOODS SEMINAR (GEO 6348)
Dr. Joann Mossa
392-0494, ext. 221
MWF 9-10:30 A.M. & 1-2 P.M.
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Lecture, readings, writing, presentation and analysis of the world's most
extreme floods from the Pleistocene through present due to various causes.
Discusses physical and
human aspects of flood warning, preparedness, response and recovery throughout the world.
GRADUATE STUDENT EXPECTATIONS:
This course will include both graduates and undergraduates,
but graduate students are expected to do more reading, contribute to in-class discussions based on
the reading. They also will write a paper based on the refereed literature.
COURSE OBJECTIVES INCLUDE:
Understanding of the causes of floods
including excessive precipitation, excessive snowmelt, climatic
oscillations (ENSO), tsunamis, coastal storm surges, glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs), ice jams,
landslides, natural dam failures and other physical processes.
Floods are also caused or augmented
by failures, overtopping, mismanagement or intentional destruction of constructed dams and artificial
levees and floodwalls.
Examining methods for assessing paleofloods
, paleoclimate and historical change with PSI-SWD-
(paleostage indicators slack water deposits) and varied geologic and chronologic techniques
(radiocarbon dating, tephrachrology, dendrochronology, lichenometry, stratigraphic methods), remote
sensing for forecasting, interpreting landscapes and change; Use of GIS and GPS for flood response,
recovery and mitigation including search and rescue, flood frequency analysis, hydrologic modeling,
and floodplain mapping
values, attitudes and norms of different cultures and nationalities affect flood decisions
. Extreme floods are influenced by settlement choices, land use change, governmental
behaviors, and public education about disasters.
Individuals of different nationality, age, culture,
gender, race, and income may be
disproportionately and differentially
affected by floods
in terms of
lives, homelessness, displacement, and property damage due to variations in vulnerability and
resilience in differing parts of the world.
problems beyond direct inundation
including the erosion done by water, the debris brought
in by water, ensuing famines, the spread of disease due to poor drinking water, disrupted sanitation
facilities, inadequate and dysfunctional medical care, contamination of
water (sewage, dam failures at
varied outcomes of floods and lessons learned
Discussing how floods have influenced
history, culture, art, music, historic preservation, race relations, migration patterns, crime and crime-
control attempts, mental health, seismology, animals, agriculture, livelihoods, engineering, policy,
relief efforts, fund raising, tourism and more.
Observing some ways of remembering and